What Is the Difference Between Onsite and Outsourced Product Destruction?

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In a perfect world, a manufacturer would never have to consider destroying their unsold products.

Unfortunately, there are times when you are left with no choice.

Product destruction is important for any company that deals with large amounts of inventory, especially those that deal with products that contain or produce hazardous waste. Disposing of this type of inventory can be tricky, but turning these products over to a company trained in product destruction can help make things a lot easier and safer for your business.

While some recycling companies perform their product destruction onsite (in-house), others outsource this job to a third party, which may or may not be the same.

What is Product Destruction?

Product destruction is the process of destroying surplus, damaged, expired, or otherwise unsellable goods.

Products can be destroyed through several methods, including shredding, crushing, incinerating, or manual dismantling.

This process is authenticated with a Certificate of Destruction to give customers a record of having disposed of their products correctly.

The Risks of Improper Product Destruction

In order to keep consumers safe, business law requires that all businesses practice due care when destroying potentially harmful products. Due care requires that a company make all efforts possible to avoid causing harm to anyone, including their employees and their customers.

Improperly disposing of products can have negative outcomes, including:

Environmental Costs

Unfortunately, excess waste is a growing environmental issue. If a purpose cannot be found for a product, it will likely end up contributing to growing landfills. Similarly, if there is no certified process for disposing of wastes, they can end up polluting local water and air, especially if the wastes contain hazardous ingredients.

Damage to Branding

Some products that are not destroyed can end up on the grey market. In this case, your branded products are being sold by third parties. These parties can be employees, street sellers, shops, or online discount retailers. Likely, that the products they are selling are not of the best quality, and when these products are sold, they will make a wrong impression for your brand.

There can be even more consequences with bad customer experience with your product. If the products that are being sold on the grey market are expired, defective or hazardous, your company may still be held responsible for any harm that comes to a customer.

How Onsite Product Destruction Keeps You Safe

Luckily, there are companies like Cal Micro Recycling that specialize in destroying waste in efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly ways. 

Onsite product destruction allows you to practice due care with your recycling needs.

The process can be as simple as:

  1. Contact a certified product destruction company and explain the type and quantity of products that need to be destroyed.
  2. Get a quote and visit the facility to verify their equipment and processes.
  3. Have the products picked up or delivered to the destruction facility.
  4. Receive a Certificate of Destruction that informs you that your products have been properly disposed of.

It is important to make sure you know exactly where your products are being delivered or taken, so visiting the facility can make a big difference. You want to make sure that the company you choose has the space and equipment needed to destroy your products.

Picking the right certified product destruction company can save you money, time, and help you to avoid liabilities.

Want to Learn More?

If you would like to learn more about your options for onsite product destruction, please feel free to call Cal Micro Recycling at (909) 467-4800 or fill out this form to get a free quote.